So, I was recently speaking with Dave Evans, he of The Great Lost Bear
fame—because, yes, as those of you who have visited the Bear will know, Dave is a real person and not just a figment of my imagination. Although he is also a figment of my imagination, if you see what I mean.
Anyway, it's nice to hear that people visit the Bear, if they can, after reading the books. I did suggest to Dave that he might consider raising a statue to me just inside the door, at the feet of which people could leave small offerings (flowers, gift cards, cash, you know the form). Visitors could also touch me for luck—above the waist only, and no lingering—or those who were suffering from illness might be given the opportunity, for a small consideration, to rest the afflicted limb or body part against my outstretched palm, although I'm not entirely sure about that last bit, to be honest. It's all very well having someone suffering from arthritis, or migraine, seeking to avail of my healing powers, but there's some nasty stuff out there, and no mistake. I wouldn't want to catch anything unpleasant by association.
To his credit, Dave listened to this with an open expression, even if he did propose adding an additional feature in which people could press my nose and a sticker would come out of my mouth, which leads me to suspect that he's not taking the whole business entirely seriously.
I'll work up some preliminary sketches, though. You can start sending donations at your convenience.
Onwards we go . . .
On Sale in Paperback: A SONG OF SHADOWS
The American trade paperback of A Song of Shadows
went on sale earlier this week, and handsome it is, too. Emily Bestler Books, my US publishers, have been re-issuing the Charlie Parker novels in new trade paperback editions, with striking new covers designed by Alex Merto. If you're interested, you can see a gallery of the new covers here
A Song of Shadows
finds Charlie Parker recovering from the grievous wounds he sustained in The Wolf in Winter
. The small coastal town of Boreas seems an ideal retreat, but Parker's neighbors, a widow named Ruth Winter and her daughter Amanda, are facing dangers of their own. Ruth's past is tied to the secrets of a World War II concentration camp in a place called Lubsko, and some would kill to keep those secrets.
The US paperback publication means that the book is now available in all formats in all English-speaking countries; if you'd like to buy it, you can find links to do that here
Hello, South Africa!
I'll be in South Africa at the end of the month for Jenny Crwys Williams' Bloody Book Week and a few other events related to Dominion
and A Time of Torment
. Events are still being added to the schedule, but you can find me—with and without my partner and co-author, Jennifer Ridyard—at the following places and times:
Thursday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m.
An Exclusive Books Coffee Morning with John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard
John and Jennie will discuss and sign Dominion
, Vol. 3 of The Chronicles of the Invaders—and the odd Parker book too.
Pizza del Forno at Killarney Mall
60 Riviera Road
RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone to (011) 646 0931
Admission R20 for coffee
Thursday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m.
John Connolly discusses and signs A Time Of Torment
Outdoor broadcast with Classic FM
Melrose Arch Piazza
in the Blue Sky Marquee
Friday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Bloody Book Week: Music & Murder with John Connolly and music man Charles Leonard
Stanley Beer Yard
R185pp includes pub meal; RSVP to Bookings@jennyandco.co.za
Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m.
Bloody Book Week: Fresh Blood: Past, Present and Future with John Connolly
John Connolly talks crime fiction across the decades with Jenny Crwys-Williams
Antiques & Heritage of Europe
Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Writers Write presents A Winter's Tale—Dinner with John Connolly
3 Sandown Valley Crescent
R320 per person includes a three-course meal, an interview with the author, and a book signing. Drinks are for your own account. Books will be available for purchase at the function.
RSVP to email@example.com
Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m.
John Connolly talks with Mike Nicol about A Time of Torment
The Book Lounge
71 Roeland Street
021 462 2425
RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKER: A Miscellany—Now an E-book!
I've been very touched by the response to Parker: A Miscellany
, a nonfiction companion to the Charlie Parker novels that uses music as a jumping-off point. The book includes introductions to each of the Parker novels, through A Song of Shadows
; liner notes for each of the six CDs I've compiled to go with hardcover editions of certain Parker novels; a long essay called "The Music Lover," about my life as a fan; and revised versions of three previously published essays about Charlie Parker, Irish crime fiction, and the author James Lee Burke.
Parker: A Miscellany
will, of course, never make a penny, as it was rather a lavish production, as those of who already in possession of a copy can attest, and we tried to keep it affordable. Still, these things are good for the soul, if not for my children's inheritance. Already they are protesting at being forced to work to supplement our income. "Daddy," they complain, "we don't like the chimney, for it is tight, and dusty, and very dark." And I reply that they will be fine, and as soon as they lose a little weight we'll be able to get them out again. But it's not an ideal situation, as you can tell, and the sound of them coughing in the night would break your heart.
All of which is to say that, as promised, Parker: A Miscellany
is now available in electronic format for Kindle and Kobo, priced at an affordable €2.99
(or its equivalent in your local currency), which will go towards feeding the children. (At some future point we hope to publish an iBooks edition, but it's not up yet.) The e-book does not include the six-CD box set, which is available only with the purchase of the limited-edition hardcover—you can still order that, too, either directly from me or from one of the stores that may still have copies in stock. Ordering details are here
A TIME OF TORMENT Comes to the US (Not a Political Statement—or Not Yet)
We are now only weeks from the long-awaited US publication date of A Time of Torment
, the 14th Charlie Parker novel, which hits stores everywhere on August 2
A Time of Torment
begins with the heroism of Jerome Burnel, who intervenes in a deadly robbery but finds himself accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit. Released from prison, he's sure his days are numbered, and turns to Charlie Parker only because he wants to find out why. Charlie, Louis and Angel begin a search that leads them to an isolated West Virginia community known as The Cut, where the leaders serve a being they call the Dead King.
UK and Irish readers seemed to like the book, where it hit #1 on the bestseller lists, and Publishers Weekly
was nice enough to give it a star
. I hope American readers will find it's been worth the wait. There won't be a US tour this year, but if you'd like a signed first US edition of A Time of Torment
, which should also come with a CD entitled The Deep Woods
, containing nine tracks suited to the mood of the novel, you can order it from one of these fine bookstores:
, Orange, CA
, Palm Beach, FL
Garden District Book Shop
, New Orleans, LA
, Jackson, MS
Murder on the Beach
, Delray Beach, FL
Mystery on Main Street
, Brattleboro, VT
The Mysterious Bookshop
, New York, NY
Once Upon a Crime
, Minneapolis, MN
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
, Seattle, WA
, Tualatin, OR
The Dublin Ghost Story Festival
Spaces may still be available for the first Dublin Ghost Story Festival
, hosted by Swan River Press and happening August 19-21
at the Grand Lodge of Ireland. Adam Nevill is the Guest of Honour, and I'll be serving as Master of Ceremonies. Ten other fine authors, including David Mitchell and Sarah Pinborough, will be part of the festivities as well, and the program features Robert Lloyd Parry's one-man show on the Ghost Stories of M.R. James. Quite a bargain for €30.
Which is everything for now, I think. We'll send a reminder about the US edition of A Time of Torment
in early August, and we should also have some interesting things to keep you occupied come the winter months. "The Rat King," anyone?
Missing you already,